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in vatican city. and in just moments, pope benedict will be arriving one last time as 1.2 million catholics around the world prepare to say farewell to their holy father. good morning and welcome to a special edition of "early start". i'm christian amanpour live from rome on. and we also want to welcome our global viewers on cnn international. this is the final day of the pope's public audiences. pope benedict is about to make his last one right here in the square before stepping down. it is a historic day. becoming the first pope in six centuries to abdicate and he leaves behind a church with many opportunities behind and many challenges, as well. and we'll talk all about that later on on in a moment, take a look at saint peter's square, more than 50,000 people we're told are expected to witness the pope's final general audience. the anticipation has been building. here is the schedule for this morning and for the the next couple of days. at 4:30 a.m., that is eastern time, that's 10:30 a.m. here in rome, the pope arrives in his popemobile. it's an unusual way for him to conduct his wednes
>>> a day of reflection and hope. pope benedict xvi planning to meet with the cardinals this morning. good morning and welcome to a special edition of "early start," i'm zoraida sambolin. >> i'm john berman. is it 4:00 a.m. in the east. welcome to cnn's live coverage of the pope's last day on the throne of st. peter. >> just ten hours from now pope benedict xvi becomes pope emeritus. he's not riding off into the sunset or helicopter just yet. at 5:00 a.m. eastern, the pope meets with the cardinalss who will pick his replacement. over 100 of them are expected to be on hand and the pontiff will spend a minute or two with each and every one of them. >> that should be fascinating. then cardinal seodano will spea and the pope will make a few spontaneous remarks before leaving his residence one last time. >> this truly is a historic day, not only for a vatican that finds itself at a crossroads but for 1.2 billion catholics awaiting a new spiritual leader and new direction. cnn's chief international correspondent christiane amanpour is live from rome this morning. good morning
benedict will be staying at castel gandolfo. it's been a retreat for popes for several centuries now. a monastery in the vatican garden is being renovated as a permanent home for him it's a 8,600 square fight complex. renovations have been in the works since november and expected to be completed in the spring. his longtime housekeepers will join him. our special edition of "early start," the pope's last day continues right now. >> our special coverage continues right here on cnn. >>> history in the making. pope benedict xvi about to carry out the last chaj of his papacy meeting one by one with the cardinals who will choose his successor and he might be face-to-face with the next pope in just a few minutes on this last day on the throne of st. peter. good morning. welcome to this special edition of "early start." i'm john berman. >> and i'm zoraida sambolin. we'd like to welcome our viewers from around the world on cnn international. it's the top of the hour, thursday, february 28th. we are witnessing history in the making. no one alive has ever seen a sitting pope step down. >> it is
and will take on a different relevance today. so the car is traveling right now. we just watched pope benedict leave the vatican. there they are moving along. >> straight to the helicopter is where they're headed. let's go to christiane amanpour and father irwin who are in rome right now sort of in the middle of all of that clapping and celebrating we just saw, christiane. >> reporter: indeed. and off he goes in that car, as you said, at a pretty brisk clip. he's going to the helipad which i'm told is at the vatican train station, if you can believe it and you know better than i that there is a vatican train station. he'll get on the helicopter and go. i just came from the north american college where i interviewed cardinal dolan about half an hour ago and he said, cardinal dolan, that him and many of the other cardinals, the american elected cardinals who are going to be staying there are going to go up to the roof to see if they can see the helicopter taking off. we've already seen cardinal turkson of ghana has joined the twitter revolution and he himself from the top of st. peter's behind m
benedict xvi making his final official speech to the public before stepping down just over 24 hours from now. at 8:00 p.m. tomorrow, he becomes the first pope in centuries to resign. and he's leaving behind a vatican really at a cross roads. the catholic church facing difficult challenges and also opportunities as it moves forward. now, as i say, usually when there's a transition and we've covered it so many times, well, not so many times, but the last one i was here, and that was because a pope died. john paul ii died after living his last years infirmed and in visible pain. now we have a transition, we have a living pope. you're not watching a funeral before the next pope is elected. you're not watching the world's heads of state come here to pay their respects to the departed pope. you're seeing a much different kind of transition. john al whlen, what is pope benedict going to do the rest of the day? >> normally the wednesday audience, the pope gives religious instruction rooted in scripture. but today i would imagine that knowing the momentous nature of what's happening, it's probabl
. >>> we do have breaking news this morning. shocking news, really. pope benedict xvi isresigning. a spokesman will not reveal way. fatigue and possibly declining health over the past year, but, again, no reason has been given. he became pope in 2005. you will remember, he had been joseph rat singer, cardinal, a major figure at the vatican for years before he became pope benedict. german born. been pope for nearly eight years. nearly eight years and this is just a major, major bit of news this morning. coming out of the vatican, again, cnn confirming the pope will step down on february 28th, which is just a little over two weeks from today. >> and no clear reason. we're trying to get more details to share those with you. this is shocking. this is shocking, absolutely shocking. we'll continue to watch the developments for you, folks. 6:00. the painstaking cleanup getting under way after a violent tornado ripped through mississippi tearing apart homes, businesses and even causing damage to a university campus. a storm chaser occasi e er -- l. capture these images. this is 100 miles
the world," we begin in vatican city. pope benedict xvi's final days in power filling up with a scandal. >> the top cardinal just resigned after four priests accused him of inappropriate acts. and the vatican in damage control mode after reports of network of gay priests at the vatican blackmailed by prostitutes. >>> fidel castro sworn in and announces this is his last go-round. he says he plans to retire in 2018, most likely to put an end of rule by castros. >>> and south africa, another pistorius facing charges in a woman's death, carl pistorius, the older brother of oscar pistorius, charged with culpable homicide after he was involved in a car axe deputy two years ago. >> they say carl pistorius was driving recklessly. he was to go to trial last week but that's been pushed back to the end of march because of the murder charges against his brother. >>> back to vatican city. where alleged sex scandal and intrigue swirling around the catholic church right now, happening just days before pope benedict xvi is stepping down. >> talk about timing. the pope just issued an order allowing the
and makes us new." just ahead, benedict's health, his replacement, and what's next for the catholic church. "newsroom" starts now. >>> good morning. thank you so much for joining me. i'm carol costello. we begin with a bombshell greeting 1 billion catholics around the world. their spiritual leader, pope benedict xvi stepping down at the end of the month. we're bringing you all the angles of this developing story. joining me now for this hour's special coverage, chris cuomo, he's in new york. >> good morning, carol. great to joining here. >>> shocking news because this simply hasn't been done. it's been almost 600 years since a pope resigned. it was gregory xii. it was to end the civil war. the question becomes why is pope benedict doing this now? we're going to get reaction first because no one saw this coming, certainly in this country. let's start off our coverage with deb feyerick in st. patrick's cathedral in new york city, the center of the american catholic tradition here. deb, what are you hearing this morning? what a shocker. >> reporter: it's fascinating because the resignation to
for something the church has not experienced since the middle ages, pope benedict going through the final motions before stepping down as leader of the catholic church. here he is earlier this morning appearing before an assembly of the world's cardinals. the pope met with each of them individually for just a minute or two. and it will now be up to many of these men to choose his successor. it's an almost unprecedented challenge to an ancient religion grappling with the turmoil and scandal that's dogged benedict's reign. >> translator: during eight years we have lived with faith, marvelous moments in the history of the church and also times when the world is covered by dark clouds. >> there is no time frame for electing the next pope, but here's how benedict's leadership will end, next hour the pope leaves the vatican his home and will fly to his summer residence at castell gandolfo, at 2:00 eastern his reign ends and the catholic church faces its challenges without an official leader. we're following all the latest on this story of intrigue and uncertainty. senior international correspon
>>> breaking news we have been telling you about. pope benedict xvi resigning february 28th. he is citing ill health. and uncertainty what that ill health will be. we're trying to get more details. unprecedented. >> hasn't happened in 600 years. so many questions. so much now that needs to happen with electing the new pope. we'll bring you the information coming up on "starting point" a few seconds from now. that's "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm sfwlor azoraida sambolin. "starting point" with soledad o'brien starts right now. >>> we begin with breaking news. pope benedict xvi resigning. age and fatigue are the reasons behind his resignation. here is what the statement reads in part "both strength of mind and body are necessary. strength which in the last few months has deteriorated in me to the extent that i have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me." this tweet came from the pope's account 23 hours ago. we must trust in the mitty power of god's mercy. we are all sinners, but his grace transforms us and makes us new. this woul
benedict xvi stunned every this week by announcing he is resigning at the end of this month. we expect the cardinals to gather in mid-to late march to elect a new pope. our brian todd has a closer look now at who will run things in the meantime, and at the politics of picking the pope's successor. >> reporter: it is politics in overdrive, with the pope leaving february 28th, who will be in power at the vatican until a new pope is elected. there is a position, a right-hand man to the pope, who deals with finances and the managing tasks. it was portrayed as a master power broker. in real life, the title was held by the cardinal who also holds the powerful position of secretary of state, who in the vatican is like a prime minister. but experts say don't get the idea that bertoni is the stuff of movie legend. >> despite the job title and movies, he is not the best organizer? >> no, the joke in rome is he couldn't organize a one-man band, the number one criticism is they couldn't make the job run on time. >> reporter: the correspondent for the national catholic reporter newspaper says that
benedict xvi says he'll resign at the end of this month after only eight years as leader of the world's 1 billion roman catholics. he says it's because of his age and his health. and now the question being asked around the world, who will be the next pope? we're watching what's going on. we have several correspondents in rome. pope benedict's papacy has been marked by serious controversies, especially the sex abuse scandal and his prior role as the church's lead investigator personally handling every single case that made its way to the vatican. cnn's brian todd is working this part of the story for us. we're going to go to rome in just a few moments, but tell us what's going on. >> reporter: wolf, here at the basilica of the national shrine of the immaculate conception they were shocked as anyone. this is the spot where it was one the most talked about moments of his visit to the united states almost five years ago. the place where he addressed one of the biggest controversies of his tenure and there was certainly no shortage of those during his papacy. the scrutiny began before he even
>>> welcome back to "early start." in just a few hours, pope benedict xvi will fly off into retirement literally. he will be on a helicopter and assume the title pope emeritus. in his last words as pope, benedict xvi pledged his unconditional obedience to the future pope. >> coming up at 10:00 a.m., a cnn special anchored by erin burnett and chris cuomo in new york and kris ychristiane amanp rome. >> i want to say happy birthday to teddy and joseph, your 6-year-old twins. >> it's a big day back home. thanks for that. >> a big day in the berman household. that is it for "early start." >> "starting buoyapoint with so o'brian" starts right now. >>> welcome, everybody. our starting point this morning, the pope's final day as head of the catholic church. in just about seven hours the office of the pope will be empty when benedict xvi is officially in retirement. this morning he blessed the cardinals who will pick his successor. >> translator: may he bless all of you in the name of the father and the son and the holy spirit. >> we're live in rome this morning with the histori
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the world. pope benedict xvi stepping down at the end of the month. he says because of his advanced age. he's no longer able to handle the demands of being pope. the last pope to resign was way back in 1415, i will have much more of what happens next. and what is ahead for the catholic church. >>> and former navy s.e.a.l. who reportedly fired the shot that killed osama bin laden, he says he has no pension, no medical insurance, according to an article in esquire magazine, the man known only as the soter packed a train to protect his family from al qaeda terrorists seeking revenge. i will talk with investigative reporter who talked to that navy s.e.a.l. in a few minutes. and the u.s. coast guard coming down to the rescue to help a cruise strip stranded in the gulf of mexico. more than 4200 passengers and crew all stuck on a carnival cruise line try ump that is getting as can you imagine a little funky, a little uncomfortable. a woman on board tells us that the toilets not working any more. a fire broke out on the ship yesterday, and was headed back to texas. that ship will be towed to the ne
the predecessor to pope benedict, and now a media outlet who some believe play a role in why pope benedict is stepping down. his last day is thursday after which the college of cardinals will gather to choose a new pope. they'll be accompanied by open, loud controversy. today, we learned the archbishop of scotland will be stepping down after allegations he made unwanted sexual advances to priests in training. cardinal roger mahony also of los angeles will be part of the conclave despite damming new revelations of his handling of pedophile priests over the year. victims and others say mahony shouldn't be part of cardinals choosing a new pope, but in addition to those two scandals, there are those explosive allegations about what may have been going on behind the scenes in vatican city. >> reporter: i will not abandon the church, benedict told the faithful in st. peter's square sunday, to the tens of thousands who listened and applauded, it was a sentimental farewell. but to investigative newspaper journalist, who has delved into alleged wrong doing at the vatican, benedict's words carried d
that your family eats. that's coming up as well. >>> we begin in vatican city where pope benedict xvi is spending his last full day as pope. he delivered his last speech. tens and thousands of people gathered in st. peter's square to hear what he had to say. >> recalling moments of joy and light during his last eight years leading the church but he said there were difficult times as well, which he said, quote, seemed like the lord was sleeping. >> the pope also talked about his resignation, calling it a tough decision to make. >> i continue with my prayers and ask each of you to pray for me and for the new pope. >> after the speech, the pope greeted crowds at his popemobile. of course, they are going to take a chopper to the papal summer residence outside the city of rome. >> christiane amanpour is joining us. details about how the pope will live his life out. pretty fascinating. we' we're. >> reporter: you're absolutely right. we are on unchartered waters. the last time this happened was 600 years ago. pope benedict xvi after tomorrow, a new pope elected sometime we can expect before
. there is a string of child sex abuse scandals surrounding some of those who will choose a successor to pope benedict and now a surprising allegations against a top british cardinal that some media outlets believe play some role in why the pope is stepping down, the first pope in nearly 600 years to do so. pope benedict's last day is thursday after which the college of cardinals will meet to pick a new pope. as always they gather in secrecy and this time it is accompanied by open, loud controversy. today we learned the arch beneficiary off of scotland is stepping down after allegations he made unmented sexual advances allegedly to priests in training. he was supposed to be part of the conclave and now he will not be. cardinal roger ma money i will be part of the conclave despite allegations of about his handles and victims say he should not be part of the group of cardinals saying it sends a terrible message. in addition to those two scandals there are explosive allegations about what may have been going on behind the scenes in vatican city. more on that now from ben wedeman. >> i will not abandon th
pope benedict xvi give his final blessing. he will pray the last angelus of his pontificate. tens of thousands, if not 100,000 there in vatican square. no real surprise. after eight years on his pontificate standing down the announcement february 11th saying he would resign. we'll see him in general audience on wednesday and then he will leave here, the vatican on thursday. you are now looking at benedict xvi at his window. let's listen in. >> dear brothers and sisters, thank you for your affection to the transfigueration. that while praying jesus transfigured his profound experience with the father due -- he went to the mountain to gather with john and james, the disciples always present in manifestation. the lord who declared his death offered an anticipation of his glory and, given the transf transfiguration. this is my son, the chosen one. representing the law of the old alliance was more significance. the all story of the advance to him, the christ, who has started not towards the promised land, but towards heaven. this is a possible temptation to stop the mystic experience.
. >> new identity. more work tomorrow. >> thanks. c "cnn newsroom" continues after this. >>> pope benedict xvi last week at the vatican, no short of drama, of course. a cardinal from scott atlanta now resigning over inappropriate behavior. >>> and the reports of blackmail, sex parties and abuse. >>> they were out sailing but their boat reportedly sank. four people, including two young children, are missing. the search off the coast of california. >>> and he is now back in the spotlight. notre dame linebacker manti te'o, he's asking nfl teams, judge his skills, not his personal life. this is "cnn newsroom," i'm suzanne malveaux. >>> 35 million americans dealing with a crippling blizzard, a winter storm from colorado to texas. second major storm to hammer the region in a week. so, this is what it looks like. in is amarillo, texas, whiteout conditions now closing roads, even forcing the state to pull its snowplows off the roads. emergency crews having some trouble actually reaching stranded drivers. in wichita, texas -- kansas, rather, schools are closed for a third day. parts of the city cou
. >> reporter: i will not abandon the church, benedict told the faithful in st. peter's square sunday to the tens of thousands who listened and applauded, it was a sentimental farewell. but to investigative newspaper journalist who has delved into alleged wrongdoing at the vatican, benedict's words carried different significance. "this does not mean to abandon. it means to fight," she says. "last sunday he said we are fighting against the temptations of power." temptations that may have proven too strong for some. she is one of two journalists who have reported on allegations of vatican corruption and blackmail, of gay clergy members by male prostitutes. damning headlines in "the rome daily," "sex and blackmailed careers are behind benedict xvi's resignation. compromised perhaps to senior levels, says a writer for "the newsweekly panorama." cardinals? >> si, cardinals. >> reporter: the details allegedly contained in a secret dossier prepared by three cardinals containing leaked and highly sensitive vatican documents. he says he believes attempts by pope benedict at reform were stymied
leaders say those increases are unacceptable. >>> pope benedict has three more days as leader of the catholic church. he delivered a service in a packed st. peters square. he will officially step down at 8:00 p.m. on thursday. pope benedict resigns amid rumors of a sex scandal, such as gay priests being blackmailed. >>> the end of the castro era in cuba, in sight. raul castro says he plans on stepping down in 2018, which is the end of his second term. fidel castro's 81-year-old brother made the announcement sunday, shortly after the country's national assembly elected him to a second five-year term. as for a possible successor? raul castro says cuba's first vice president, miguel diaz, is part of a new generation that will provide the future leadership of that country. >>> high school administrators in grant forks, north dakota, are investigating a shocking incident. three students showed up for a state hockey tournament on friday, wearing ku klux klan-style hoods. a photo of the three was posted to twitter. generated a lot of outrage. school officials have contacted the paren
will talk about how this could impact oscar pistorius's murder case. >>> and today was pope benedict xvis a -- last public prayer before he retires. the vatican is strongly denouncing italian media reports that gay priests at the vatican were being blackmailed by male prostitutes. i will speak to a journalist who covers the vatican later on this hour. >>> back in this country, a winter storm is slamming colorado right now. forecasters say denver could get up to ten inches of snow. the storm moves on to the plain states tomorrow and in the northeast, it's a pretty messy weekend there as well. this is what manchester, new hampshire, looks like. lots of wet, heavy snow. about 6,000 homes and businesses are now without power. >>> hollywood heavyweights are getting red carpet ready for the oscars. the 85th annual academy awards gets under way about three hours from now. and this year could be one for the record books. we will explain why in just a few moments, live from hollywood. >>> all right. back to daytona. can danica patrick race her way to victory lane? that's the question of the hour a
benedict xvi no longer is the leader of the 1.2 billion roman catholics. his resignation the first of any pope in nearly 600 years took effect a couple hours ago. christiane amanpour is joining us. benedict ended his reign a couple of hours ago. what's it like now? what's the mood there? >> reporter: well, listen, i think people are taking it in stock and moving forward but i must say a couple of hours ago when 2:00 p.m. eastern, 8:00 p.m. local, the swiss guard, the traditional guard that protects the pope walked inside, closed the doors when he was at castel go gandolfo and you got that sense of finality t, it's been very dramatic when he flew in his helicopter, landed there, came out on the balcony of the summer residence and told people, i am no longer pope today. i am just a pilgrim. all of a sudden the emotion and enormity of what happened, because it's a precedent-setting event, all of that set in and you saw the pope look almost -- i don't know. almost relieved when he gave his last blessing. having looked very tired in morning in his meeting with the cardinals and yesterday durin
minutes past the hour. and now pope benedict xvi's stunning announcement that he'll be stepping down we have an idea when a new pope will take the reins. jim bittermann explains. >> reporter: since no pope has resigned in six centuries, there's very little precedent for what will happen at the vatican, but there are a few hints. the papal spokesman announced that there'll be a new pope by easter. easter is the 31st of march, so the 118 members will have to get through that. the spokesman also said the college of cardinals will not convene while the pope is still? office. so that means the popes will not go into conclave before he steps down. the election process itself could be quite short. with jet travel it no longer takes weeks for cardinals to gather. in fact third quarter could arrive early in march. what will be missing is the period of mourning and reflection that takes place when a pope dies. it is still an open question whether the cardinals will immediately fwaer and go sbieng the conclave or take a few days to get into the mood for electing a pope. also unclear is whether wit
point" begins right now. >>> welcome, everybody. pope benedict and his final public farewell. 1.2 billion catholics, making his last public appearance in st. peter's square, telling tens of thousands of followers his decision to step down comes with a deep peace of mind. >> translator: i have taken this step in full awareness of the gravity, seriousness and a profound serenity in my soul. >> chief international correspondent christiane amanpour joins us live from rome this morning. >> reporter: good morning, soledad. pilgrims streaming out of st. peter's square behind me, where they gathered several hours ago for the final public audience by pope benedict xvi. he did something rather unprecedented for these what are weekly audiences. he toured around the square in his pope mobile and tens of thousands of people inside the square got a first-hand look at him. lots of waving, lots of cheering, and he delivered his blessing and talked about what it maend to take the step, you just heard him say he understood the enormity of this, the gravity of it, and the novelty of it, this is in
of vatican city. pope benedict xvi stepping down. he'll retire at the end of the month in order to late younger man take over as pope. here is part of the resignation letter. i have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to be adequate exercise of the petri there. e ministry. i thank you most sincerely for all of the love and work with which you have supported me in my ministry and i ask pardon for all my defects. here is reaction from the archbishop of new york, high he ranking catholic in the united states. >> my appreciation for him which was already high is enhanced a bit because with this sense of realism that he has such an esteem for the office of the successor of st. peter which is what the pope is the bishop of that perhaps i'm not up to it and i can best serve jesus and his people by stepping aside. so i have to admire him immensely. >> and the cardinal was surprised. bill dolan is the catholic league president. surprised, a cardinal finding out via matt lauer on a telephone call, i have to ask you, does this sound like there is s
this weekend. some media outlets in italy say they have uncovered the real reason pope benedict is stepping down. the real reason he's stepping down. >>> and church officials are doing something they almost never do. they're going public saying it's not true. and cnn's ben weanman has the very latest. ben? >> reporter: on february 11th, pope benedict xvi shocked the world, announcing he was stepping down at the end of the month. too old and too tired to conduct his official duties. but reports broke in two leading italian publications suggesting his reason for resigning was far more explosive. shock at the discovery of a network of gay priests at the vatican, blackmailed by a network of male prostitutes. according to the reports, the results of an investigation by three cardinals assigned to look into wrongdoing at the vatican were submitted to pope benedict on december 17th last year. the reports say that dossier also suggests serious financial improprieties within the vatican, amounting to violations of the sixth and seventh commandments, thou shall not steal or commit adultery. they were
's race. we'll take you live to the track. >>> it's the final week of pope benedi benedict's reign but it comes with new questions about how he's really stepping down. >>> and it's hollywood's biggest night. we'll talk about who's expected to go home with oscar and who will have to be sleeping alone. ♪ >>> i hope you're having a great sunday so far. i'm susan hendricks in for randi kaye. thanks for starting your morning with us. we start with the latest on oscar pistorius. he isn't the only one in his family accused of killing someone. overnight we learned his brother is charged in the death of another woman. we spoke with carl pistorius' attorney from johannesburg. what did you learn from his attorney? >> reporter: you know, it's another bizarre twist in this oscar pistorius story. carl pistorius, who is oscar's older brother, charged with culpable homicide. his lawyer tells me in relation to an incident that happened in 2010 when carl pistorius collided with a woman on a motorcycle. we understand from the lawyer that this woman was injured immediately but she was taken to hospi
. awesome. get the grappling hook to... dad, i... no? ok. >>> if benedict the xvi was hoping for a quiet end to a sometimes turbulent papacy, it is obviously not to be. just four days before the pope's own resignation takes effect, we learned the only catholic cardinal in britain, keith o'brien, seen here, keith o'brien of scotland, has also resigned and won't be taking part in the conclave to choose pope benedict's successor. a british newspaper is saying that three priests and one former priest have accused o'brien of, quote, inappropriate relationships dating back to the 1980s. he denies that, and he was due to step down anyway because of his age. but he was also expected to gather in rome this week, or next, with his fellow cardinals. and if anybody thought the church's scandals would end when a new pope was chosen, that is not to be either. the pope today decided that a top-secret vatican report on the document leak, remember that document leak that was blamed on the pope's butler? well, it's a report that he and only he is supposed to have seen. but it is supposed to be left to his suc
. was it bigger than a box office bulk bust error a total bust and health is not the reason pope benedict is stepping down. charges of sex, blackmail, and abuse in rome. do they add up. let's go out front. >>> we begin tonight with new developments. cnn has just learned that governor chris christie, a key 2016 republican presidential hopeful is not invited to the conservative political action conference in washington, d.c. next week. that's according to a source close to cpac and if you haven't heard of it is often considered a must-attend for anybody who wants to win the white house from the gop. senator marco rubio of florida, bobby jindal, former governor jeb bush, rick perry of texas, all already on the list. is this a major snub? this news breaking late this afternoon. how big of a snub is it? >> i think it makes a lot of sense for c pack. caucuses was not going to show up this year. why bother asking him and give snubbed by the governor himself. do the snubbing yourself and say we don't want you here and it probably would have been a tough environment to be in frankly given that he
abandon pope benedict xvi and he will be called his holiness going forward. he will spend two months here at the summer residence of the papacy. popes have been coming here for 400 years and it is a stunning setting and certainly a place where benedict can begin his retirement, a place of quiet contemplation for a man who is extremely private. that we will witness in the next couple of minutes. quite remarkable it seems here. it will be said that this square was absolutely packed. 10,000 people of the faith who live here pretty much the only people allowed in to this town today praying the rosary before they cheered. ben dato. he said thank you and good night. the last words you will hear from pope benedict xvi. >> 60 seconds away as i watch the clock from what will be a popeless moment. we keep these live pictures up and want to bring in christian who is in roam watching all of this. we are waiting for the moment. we are waiting for the doors to close. >> indeed we are. what is so amazing is the fact that the crowd is still there and waiting for that last possible second to s
sunday sermon in sunday square where pope benedict will step down and this one, the church did not see coming. the allegations of sex, money and scandal at the highest levels of the church. >> pope benedict is stepping down this coming thursday, but it seems his last days as pope may not be so easy. >> reporter: reports broke in two leading italian publications suggest that the reason for resigning was far more explosive. shock at the discovery of a network of gay priests at the vatican blackmailed by a network of male prostitutes. according to the reports the results of an investigation by three cardinals assigned to look into wrong-doing at the vatican were submitted to pope benedict last year. the reports say that it's suggested that serious financial improprieties were revealed. the pope was so shocked by the findings, he decided to resign. the vatican has responded with uncharacteristically strong language calling it unverified or unverifiable even completely false news stories cause damage to persons and institutions are an attempt to use public opinion to influence the cardinal'
to be close to pope benedict. at 55 he could be considered too young to be pope. cardinal peter turkson of ghana is said to be africa's top candidate. he is 64 years old and head of the vatican justice and if chosen he would become the first modern black pope. well, there is speculation that the next pope may be selected from latin america, home, as i said, to the largest number of catholics in the world. we're joined now by miguel diaz who served as the first hispanic u.s. ambassador to the vatican. sir, we thank you for joining us here in rome. what is a fairly cold morning. we are waiting behind me at the vatican pope benedict xvi, give his final blessing of his papacy as he says the angelous prayer. we will hear the bells ring. in about five or six minutes' time, before that happens, let's just talk about what happens next. who do you see as most likely to become pope before one assumes t the sunday this march? >> greetings from dayton, to the eternal city. thank you for having me this morning. you know, i've said that what we need to be thinking is not so much about specific region
on anderson cooper. >>> next we'll go to rome for pope benedict's final speech. >>> later, who is the real jodi arias? the prosecution still trying to break down her claims of abuse and self-defense, trying to paint her as a very willing partner in some very concensual acts. a lot of details up ahead. when you have diabetes... your doctor will say get smart about your weight. that's why there's glucerna hunger smart shakes. they have carb steady, with carbs that digest slowly to help minimize blood sugar spikes. [ male announcer ] glucerna hunger smart. a smart way to help manage hunger and diabetes. how we get there is not. we're americans. we work. we plan. ameriprise advisors can help you like they've helped millions of others. to help you retire your way, with confidence. ♪ that's what ameriprise financial does. that's what they can do with you. let's get to work. ameriprise financial. more within reach. [ angry gibberish ] [ justin ] mulligan sir. mulligan. take a mulligan. i took something for my sinuses, but i still have this cough. [ male announcer ] truth is, a lot of sinus prod
about the future and what it holds for pope benedict xvi, final week cloud by scandal. >> the dow rallying from yesterday's big loss but not so for world markets. italy's election causing uncertainty. the government, europe's third largest economy, facing a deadlock. >>> egypt, tourists flying high above ancient egyptian sites plunging to their deaths when a hot air balloon explodes and crashes. >> 18 people have died. the local government has banned all other hot air balloon flights for now. it happened in luxor. the latest on the investigation. >> ian, let's start with what the theory is at the moment. there are reports of a gas cylinder exploding. describe what you've heard. >> reporter: well, michael, that's exactly what ware we're hearing. an the 1,000 feet a gas canister on the balloon exploded sending the balloon tumbling towards the ground. this comes from multiple reported from eyewitnesses. also eyewitness accounts that people were jumping out of the balloon as it tumbled toward the earth. right now we're hearing 19 people have been killed. this includes tourists from eu
's get you to vatican city and pope benedict's farewell tour. in it he thanked the faithful there their prayers and called for prayers for the next pope, as well. this is one of the last public appearances he's going to make. on the other end, though, it's audition day for some of his possible successors. so, the end maybe of his reign and beginning of another. speaking to congregations around the world today. right now from rome ben wedemen. let's start with pope benedict, ben. how will he spend his last 11 days as pope? >> well, we know that once he's done with this angelus mass he will go into a lenten retreat for a week. this is one of the normal rituals of the lenten period that leads to, of course, easter. during that time, he will be in this retreat when prayer and contemplation with other leading bishops and cardinals. now, it's important to keep in mind that the election for the pope is not like the election in most places. it's a very solemn affair and the cardinals, the bishops, they talk about the qualities they would like to see in a pope. but it's very bad tast
already. >>> plus, as pope benedict preprepares to step down, the debate over who should replace him intensifies. find out why many catholics aren't on the same page of who should sit next on the throne of st. peter. [ indistinct shouting ] ♪ [ indistinct shouting ] [ male announcer ] time and sales data. split-second stats. [ indistinct shouting ] ♪ it's so close to the options floor... [ indistinct shouting, bell dinging ] ...you'll bust your brain box. ♪ all on thinkorswim from td ameritrade. ♪ >>> hey there everybody t is 4:30 on the east coast, 1:30 on the west coast. i'm deborah feyerick in for fredricks whitfield. happy you are with us today. these are the top stories we are following for nut cnn newsroom. >>> history is made just ahead of the daytona 500. danica patrick is the first woman to win the pole for the big race next sun day. that puts her in the best starting position. she clocked a qualifying speed of 196 miles an hour a short time ago. she spent this week answering questions about dating fellow racer, rick yes stenhouse jr. somebody close up front, she has
on the controversy. he's tweeting a lot about it, about pope benedict's final general audience tomorrow. he's tweeting about the nice climate in rome, mid-50s he says during the day, upper 30s at night. great holy spirit weather, he says. he's tweeting and blogging about how unfair people are being to him. bear in mind this is a man who until late last month was stripped of all public duties after being revealed in church documents as someone who protected sexual predators. in a moment we'll talk to an abuse and first casey wian with more on the controversy. >> reporter: members of a nationwide group of reform-minded catholics gathered outside the home church of retired cardinal roger mahoney. >> i would respectfully ask that you deliver this petition on to cardinal mahoney, that he recuse himself from the papal conclave. >> reporter: nearly 10,000 signatures pleading with the disgraced head of the roman archdiocese not to vote for the next pope. >> his participation in the conclave would only bring clouds of shame in a time that should bring springs of hope. >> reporter: the following day
a new title and a new look. the vatican announced that pope benedict xvi will keep his name but will be called pope emeritus or the roman pontiff emeritus after he steps down as leader of the roman catholic church on thursday. benedict is also going to change his wardrobe slightly. so much of this is about pomp and circumstance. that's what makes a lot of organized religion and he is no longer going to be wearing the traditional red shoes, opting instead for brown, and he will be dressing in a simple white cassock. what do the changes mean? raymond is "outfront" tonight. it's the pomp and circumstance that can be so fascinating. i notice some people may say these changes are insignificant, color of the shoes, whatever, guys, but that's really significant, right? the red shoes? >> absolutely. look, everything in the catholic church particularly the things we are going to see together over the next couple of weeks, they all mean something and they're all tied to history. those red shoes go back hundreds of years. what they symbolize is the willingness to bleed, to suffer marty
. >>> and the world wondering who will succeed pope benedict xvi, developments on when we'll know the name of the next pope. >>> the president made a lot of promises in his state of the union address last year about jobs. did he keep them? we're reviewing the past year and doing a fact check and reality check on job creation. >>> this morning, talking to gordon chang, author of "nuclear showdown." gene sperling, of the national economic coast. bob mcdonnell, and chief washington correspondent jake tapper and the archbishop of washington will be with us as well. a special edition of "starting point," live in washington, d.c., begins right now. >>> welcome, everybody. north korea producing a nuclear test. the minister says it's a defensive measure against "hostile activity of the united states." and more drastic measures could be on the horizon. the u.n. security council calling an emergency meeting in less than two hours. we begin with jill dougherty live at the state department. jill, good morning. what are we hearing from the white house about this? >> soledad, obviously president obama is condemning
, soledad. breaking news as pope benedict xvi entering his final days as leader of the catholic church, britain's top cardinal, keith o'brien stepping down. this following accusations that o'brien abused young men studying for the priest hood and amid italian media reports that the pope is stepping down due to a vatican involving priests and male prostitutes. becky anderson is live with more. good morning, becky. >> they say a week is a long time in politics, but an hour is a long time in politic there. there is a news briefing going on for journalists as we speak. i'll get you as many of the lines out of that as i can. bombshells coming sort of right, left and scepter this morning out of vatican. let's start with that breaking news on the top brit tissue cardinal. cardinal keith o'brien who has resigned. the pop has declared that today. we are told he talked about his resignation to the pope back in november. he was of ailing health and at 75 he thought he should go. but his resignation hasn't been announced, nor was it going to be until his birthdate on march 15th. as of today, the t
, including pope benedict's stunning decision to step down. two longtime vatican watchers join us with inside details, at least as inside as you can get when covering the pope. >>> and later, as terrifying a view as you ever want to see. take a look at this video. we'll take you where a string of tornado hit, show you the damage they did. incredible pictures there. we'll be right back. i found a powerful new way to cut out arthritis pain. [ male announcer ] icy hot arthritis lotion. powerful encapsulated menthol gets icy to dull pain, hot to relax it away. power past pain. >>> a lot's happened since the year 1415, but one thing has not, not once. in those 598 years, six centuries, 59 leaders of the roman catholic church have reigned and not one has resigned. since the year 1450, not one single pope has left the vatican without also leaving this world. that is until today. according to the "new york times," this morning at the vatican, speaking in latin to a small gathering of cardinals, pope benedict xvi simply said he's too old and frail to continue leading the church. the spokesman said the
kaye. i want to start with you in vatican city for a beginning and end of sorts here. pope benedict xvi is residing from st. peter's square right now. this is one of the last appearances he will make as pope. on the other end of the spectrum it is audition day for some of his successors. joining me now from rome cnn international correspondent ben wedemen. ben, i want to start with pope benedict. how will he spend his last 11 days now as pope? >> well, right now what we see is a much larger crowd that he's addressing in st. peter's square. numbers as high as 150,000 people on a normal sunday it wouldn't be even half that number. now, he's going to give this angelus prayers and address the faithful in a number of languages. right now in italian but also be speaking with them in english, polish, german. also today, however, he's going to go into a week of retreat for the period of lent and during that time he will be meeting in prayer and contemplation with many senior bishops and cardinals and, obviously, when that week comes to an end he will resume his normal activities, which include
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before pope benedict xvi steps down, some major newspapers in italy are printing details of an investigation that links senior catholic leaders to a church cover-up. full details when we're live from rome in just a few minutes here on cnn. >>> a fierce winter storm is headed right for the northeast. parts of vermont, new hampshire, maine and massachusetts can expect up to 10 inches of snow. and rain will soak most of the east coast from washington, d.c. to the south. boston will get a slushy mix of rain and snow. the city still cleaning up after that big blizzard that hit two weeks ago. >>> next, the deadly silence that surrounds suicide. one family's heartbreaking story. >>> suicide is such a taboo subject. one man found the courage to go public about his older brother's suicide after mindy mccready ended her life. "usa today" editor john siniff wrote about losing his brother, ted. he wrote this, i knew that he'd been battling debilitating back pain, alcoholism, drug abuse for years. i ache, still as i recall his sad eyes. and we can't keep looking the other way. john jo
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